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supreme decision. president obama to nominate solicitor general elena kagan to the nation's highest court. bp's plan b. it's back to the drawing board for engineers trying to plug the massive oil leak in the gulf of mexico. and remembering lena horne. the legendary performer dies at the age of 92. ♪ this is the "cbs morning news" ♪ this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, may 10th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. this morning president obama will nominate a former colleague to the united states supreme court.
if confirmed, solicitor general elena kagan will be the 112th justice of the court. kagan would replace john paul stevens. tara mergener is in washington with all the details. >> reporter: good morning. well, the president interviewed at least four people for this vacancy. kagan is considered one of the more moderate choices who may not bring on much of a political fight. this morning president obama will nominate elena kagan as the next supreme court justice. if confirmed, she'd replace retiring justice john paul stevens and put the supreme court on track to have three female justices for the first time in history. >> she's done a wonderful job in the justice department. i've known her since the clinton years and i think she would be a great justice. >> reporter: at 50 years old, kagan would be the youngest of the nine member court. she's currently the u.s. solicitor general arguing the government's side before the supreme court. she was also the first female dean at harvard law school.
kagan is considered a liberal and while republicans aren't expected to block her nomination, they are expected to give her a tough grilling. >> republicans will use this to show the court should be a more narrow role in society and they'll try to present their views of what a justice should be doing. >> reporter: kagan does have a track record of winning over liberal and conservative faculty at harvard, but one thing that could hurt her is lack of time on the bench. unlike other front-runners, kagan has never served as a judge. but the white house plans to put a positive spin on the lack of judicial experience, reminding critics there's more than one career path that can lead to the nation's highest court. and this will be president obama's second nomination to the supreme court. last year he nominated his hispanic american sonia sotomayor. she was confirmed by 68-31 senate vote. >> and you mentioned that republicans are not expected to try to filibuster her nomination, but what kind of
confirmation battle are we looking at here? >> reporter: well, certainly there's going to be some debate here definitely, but she's expected to be confirmed without much of a partisan fight. now, there could be one trouble spot here. when she was the dean at harvard law school, she argued against military recruiting on campus because she opposes the don't ask don't tell policy, but of course the spotlight's going to be very big here and really she's expected to be confirmed without much of a fight. >> all right, tara mergener in washington. thank you. turning now to that oil leak in the gulf of mexico. at least 200,000 gallons of oil are still spilling out each day into the gulf. several attempts to plug the leak have failed. the latest involved the giant containment box. with gobs of oil beginning to wash ashore, officials hope to decide the next move today. manuel gallegus has the report. >> reporter: that four-story structure is now sitting far
away from the leak on the sea floor. now british petroleum is considering a number of other options to control the oil. they made deploy a smaller containment box in the next few days or try something the oil industry calls a jug shot. >> they'll take a bunch of debris, shredded up tires, golf balls, and under high pressure shoot it into the preventer itself and see if they can clog it up. >> reporter: some 5,000 barrels of oil are still spewing in to the gulf each day. on maintenance workers are cleaning up chunks of sticky tar suspected to be related to the spill. >> this is pretty important to pretty much everybody around here in the mobile area. >> reporter: with no end in sight to the leak, state officials are looking in to more drastic measures to try to keep the oil from reaching the shore. louisiana governor bobby jindal wants british petroleum to consider dredging sand from around the mississippi to help rebuild natural coastal barriers that have eroded over the years. >> we'd ask bp and the coast
guard to consider things like boudin balls, the idea of using sand to help protect our beaches. >> reporter: and the federal government is looking in to possible criminal charges. >> i've sent down representatives to examine what our options are with regard to the activities that occurred there. >> reporter: those who live along the coast are watching closely to see what bp attempts next to stop the leak. manuel gallegus, cbs news, venice, louisiana. >> british petroleum leased the deepwater horizon what an oil rig operator called transocean. a report today seems to indicate a series of safety issues. from 2005 to 2007, a transocean rig was involved in 33% of the drilling incidents in the gulf. in 2007, transocean merged with global santa fe. since then, a transocean rig accounted for 73% of the incidents investigated by the federal government. the death toll is rising at
a russsian coal mine hit by two explosions. the first hit the siberian mine late saturday. a second one followed about four hours later. at least 30 miners were killed. about 60 others are trapped. european financial leaders have pledged nearly $1 trillion for an emergency fund to try to stabilize the european debt crisis. with greece on the verge of bankruptcy, the rescue was agreed upon following marathon weekend talks. the deal agreed to by european union and international monetary fund provides $560 billion in new loans. on the cbs "moneywatch," news of the agreement to stem the crisis in europe sent asian stocks higher this morning and emily smith is here in new york with that and more. >> reporter: yep, stock markets in asia rebounded after big losses last week. the nikkei ended up more than 1.5%. wall street will try to get back on track today after last week's losses friday.
despite a better than expected jobs report, the dow lost 140 points. the nasdaq was down 54. the heads of the major exchanges, including the new york stock exchange and the nasdaq, have been summoned to meetings in washington today with federal regulators. they're trying to get to the bottom on exactly what happened thursday when the dow plummeted almost 1,000 points in the space of a few minutes. cbs news has learned investigators give little credence to reports that a mistake in trade, a computer glitch or a cyber attack was the trigger or the cause. congress holds a hearing on the matter tomorrow. toyota's troubles may not be over. speaking in tokyo this morning, ray lahood warns more fines are possible if more safety problems are found. toyota has already paid $16.5 million in penalties and recalled some 8 million vehicles over acceleration problems and an alleged slowdown in reporting them. no, it's not your imagination. the price of gas is going up.
it's up to $2.92 a gallon for regular. less than a month before the heavy summer driving season. and hollywood has its first blockbuster of the summer movie season. "iron man 2" roared to $134 million weekend opening. that's $35 million more than the original. and the fifth best opening weekend of all-time. i just love hearing the summer movie season, don't you? >> i do, too. summer is here. emily smith here in new york. thanks. just ahead on the "morning news," the taliban connection in the attempted times square bombing. plus, an american original. remembering hollywood pioneer lena horne. first katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." a heroic decision thousands of feet in the air. meet the texas woman who was plummeting to the ground when her parachute didn't open and the stranger who came to her rescue and lived to tell the tale. "assignment america" tonight only on the "cbs evening news." tale.
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can you believe it? that volcano in iceland is still causing travel headaches on both sides of the atlantic. airlines canceled hundreds of flights sunday and rerouted some transatlantic flights after the ash moved over central europe. a handful of airports closed down completely. they should be open for business today. the failed car bomber in new york was not acting alone according to law enforcement officials. the obama administration is placing blame for last weekend's bombing attempt on the pakistani taliban. the group linked to al qaeda was allegedly providing support to suspect faisal shahzad. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: senior white house officials are now connecting a pakistani taliban group with the failed bombing in times square. >> we know that they helped facilitate it, we know they helped direct it, and i suspect that we'll come up with evidence that shows they helped to finance it.
>> reporter: officials say new evidence links the suspect with the group tehrik-e-taliban pakistan, also known as ttp. >> they have been responsible for a number of attacks in pakistan against pakistani targets as well as u.s. targets. >> reporter: u.s. officials first said shahzad acted alone even though he told investigators he received training in pakistan. he was in the country for five months before returning to the u.s. in february. shahzad has yet to appear in a courtroom. he waived his initial hearing and is cooperating with authorities. officials are now pressing pakistan to do more to combat terrorism within the country's borders. >> there are a number of terrorist groups and militant organizations operating in pakistan and we need to make sure there's no support being given to them by the pakistani government. >> reporter: this is the first
time the pakistani taliban has launched an attack on u.s. soil. but officials down play the attempt saying the bomb was crude and the terrorist groups don't have the resources for sophisticated training. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. legendary singer and actress lena horne has died. ♪ everything i had is gone, stormy weather ♪ >> in 1943, she starred in the all black movie musical "stormy weather." horne was the first black leading lady in hollywood. she won a special tony award for her 1981 one woman broadway show, "lena horne, the lady and her music." she talked about it with ed bradley on "60 minutes." >> i believe i'm my real self now, yes. some people are late bloomers. ♪ >> lena horne was 92 years old. lena horne was 92 years old. my friendships,
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, sunny at 60 degrees. miami 87. chicago cloudy at 60. denver windy at 63. los angeles mostly sunny and 62. time now for a check on the national forecast. latest satellite shows clouds pushing off from the east and the southeast and southwest are both clear. later today, the midwest will be
experiencing storms, some possibly severe. expect warm temperatures throughout the southwest while the northeast stays a bit chilly. in sports, dallas braden of oakland has pitched the 19th perfect game in major league baseball history. he threw his arms up in the air after getting a ground ball for tampa bay's final out. teammates mobbed him after the 4-0 mother's day masterpiece. braden's mother died when he was in high school, but his grandmother was on hand to hug him in front of the dugout. >> the phillies hit three home runs against atlanta and now lead the national league east by two games. the phillies beat the braves 5-3. in the nba, phoenix swept san antonio in four games. steve nash had 20 points in the 107-101 win over the spurs. phoenix moves on to the western conference semifinals. in boston, rajon rondo had
29 points as the celtics evened up their series with the cavs at two games each. it was boston 97-87 over cleveland, game five is tomorrow night in cleveland. and golfer tiger woods pulled out of the players championship in florida. he complained of a painful neck which he says may be caused by a bulging disk. woods will have it examined today. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and eyes on the street. the growing use of surveillance cameras in major cities. ,,,,,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. the northeast is waking up to a chilly morning. temperatures are struggling to make it out of the 50s. there's a chance for severe storms in arkansas, missouri, nebraska, and oklahoma. here's another look at this
morning's top stories. president obama will nominate solicitor general elena kagan to the supreme court this morning. if kagan is confirmed, it would be the first time three women sat on the court. and legendary singer and actress lena horne has died. she broke racial barriers in hollywood and on broadway. lena horne was 92 years old. surveillance cameras have proven a valuable resource in the battle against terrorism, but some argue the many cameras popping up in american cities are a threat themselves to civil liberties. elaine quijano reports. >> reporter: in manhattan's financial district, cameras seem to be everywhere. in fact, new york city's police chief ray kelly wants more. >> we live in a more dangerous world. i think cameras are helpful in that regard. >> reporter: after 9/11, police began creating a surveillance web around lower manhattan. it will eventually include 1,000 police cameras and 2,000 local business cameras. which are fed live to a high
tech control room. the commissioner wants to expand that coverage to the tourist areas of midtown, including times square, where 82 police cameras are trained at any given time. >> we'd like to increase cameras throughout the city. in london, they have 500,000 cameras. >> reporter: authorities in london created that vast network after a series of ira bombings in the 1990s. the cameras have helped crack terror cases including real time tracking of suicide attackers in the 2005 london subway bombings. it's estimated there are 4 million cameras in public spaces throughout britain. that's one camera for every 14 people. here in america, critics fear expanding camera surveillance could threaten civil liberties. >> what happens to the data that comes from these cameras? who is watching it? how long is it stored? what can it be connected to? that frankly can be pretty scary for citizens. >> reporter: commissioner kelly disagrees.
>> all the pictures taken in the security initiative will be expunged after 30 days. so i think the world has moved beyond that issue. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news. betty white was a huge hit on "saturday night live." it was the first time the 88-year-old actress hosted the show following a massive campaign by supporters on facebook. >> i didn't know what facebook was. and now that i do know what it is, i have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. i would never say to the people on it are losers, but that's only because i'm polite. people say, but betty, facebook is a great way to connect with old friends. well, at my age, if i want to connect with old friends, i need a quija board.